Uber drivers in New York City might be unable to access the app during the slack or inactive period. A leading daily has reported that the ride sharing application will start locking drivers out of the app at times and in areas with low demand to comply with the new regulations of the city. According to the new rules a cap has been put on the number of newly licensed app-based ride-hailing vehicles on the road that helps to establish a minimum pay for the rideshare drivers.
The report has further mentioned that Lyft has started locking drivers out of its app in June, 2019 as per the new regulations, which also caused both the companies to stop accepting new drivers in the city. It can be noticed that Uber as well as Lyft oppose the new rules and even sued the city while protesting the rule and in an effort to reverse the cap. Uber in a statement said, “Time and again we’ve seen Mayor (Bill) de Blasio’s TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) pass arbitrary and politically-driven rules that have unintended consequences for drivers and riders.”
The ride sharing company has also argued that there is no evidence that the rules would help ease traffic congestion in Manhattan like local authorities claim. But the New York Taxi Workers Alliance says that the company is merely spreading fear and disinformation among the New York drivers that convinces that the regulations protecting their livelihoods are to blame for its greedy policies.
Apart from putting a cap on the new rideshare vehicles and establishing minimum wage, the fresh regulations also limit the amount of time the drivers can cruise or drive around to look for passengers. From February, 2020, the companies will have to reduce their drivers’ cruise rates by 5 percent and then by 10 percent. Right now it is reported that the rideshare drivers cruise the city 41 percent of the time.
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